"I am the person that I am, I am now nothing better and I’m nothing worse. It’s O.K., it’s nice, but it won’t change anything for me. My inner thing is writing. That I can hold on to."This is a great! The typical news from Romania these days are not great, usually "no news is good news". This is truly extraordinary, and makes me very happy and proud.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Herta Müller, the Romanian-born German novelist and essayist won the 2009 Nobel Prize for literature. She grew up in communist Romania and lived part of her adult life there. I relate to that experience, I left Romania when I was 25-years old. My circumstances were different, and my adopted country was different, but I recognize many of my experiences in her writings. Ms. Muller's modesty and down-to-earth attitude when interviewed after she learned of the award stuck with me: